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10 January 2008 | PR 08/03

Canterbury NZ supports international rugby scholarship

Innovative sportswear manufacturer Canterbury NZ has funded an international scholarship to enable South African rugby player Dan Potgieter to study and train at Loughborough University for a year.

Potgieter, who already has qualifications in Institutional Finance and Financial Risk Management, is taking a one-year Masters in Banking and Finance and will become an integral part of the Loughborough rugby team who are current Midlands 1 league leaders.

The 24-year-old has access to all high quality training, facilities and support services offered to elite athletes at the University and is expected to represent Loughborough in both University and league fixtures.

As part of the scholarship Potgieter receives a supply of Canterbury NZ kit, including the innovative and intelligent BaseLayer and IonX kit. The development of these groundbreaking products was supported by crucial research carried out at the Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute and was worn by Rugby World Cup winners South Africa during their recent successful campaign.

Potgieter joins Loughborough from his home town Stellenbosch where he studied and played rugby at the local university. Until his recent move the second row player was also a regular with Western Province rugby team.

Since arriving in Loughborough this autumn, Potgieter has settled in well and is enjoying increased access to training.

“Rugby provides me with a really positive outlet for my energy and the sense of shared joy that I get when we win a match is a real buzz,” he said. “I am having a brilliant time here. The rugby is really professional and everyone has been very welcoming. I am really grateful to Canterbury for making my time here possible.”


For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sports PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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